Dressed herring
Selidi pod shuboi.jpg
Alternative namesHerring under a fur coat
Place of originRussia[1]
Associated national cuisineBelarusian, Latvian,[2] Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Moldovan
Main ingredientsHerring, vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beetroots), onions, mayonnaise

Dressed herring, colloquially known as herring under a fur coat (Russian: "сельдь под шубой", tr. "sel'd pod shuboy" or "селёдка под шубой", "selyodka pod shuboy"), is a layered salad composed of diced pickled herring covered with layers of grated boiled eggs, vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beetroots), chopped onions, and mayonnaise. Some variations of this dish include a layer of fresh grated apple[3] while some do not.[4]

A final layer of grated boiled beetroot covered with mayonnaise is what gives the salad its characteristic rich purple color. Dressed herring salad is often decorated with grated boiled eggs (whites, yolks, or both).

Dressed herring salad is popular in Russia,[1] Ukraine (Ukrainian: Оселедець під шубою, romanizedoseledets pid shuboyu), Belarus (Belarusian: Селядзец пад футрам, romanizedselyadzets pad futram) and other countries such as Lithuania and Latvia,(Lithuanian: Silkė pataluose, Latvian: Siļķe kažokā).[5] It is especially popular for holidays,[6] and is commonly served as a "zakuska" at New Year (Novy God) and Christmas celebrations in Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Iosebashvili, Irakli (9 Oct 2009). "Russia's national cuisine: Catching a herring under a fur coat". Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016 – via The Telegraph.
  2. ^ From Peasant to Pleasant. The Cuisine of Latvia (PDF). The Latvian Institute. 2014. p. 6. ISBN 978-9-98-473651-8. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ Herring under a fur coat recipe with an apple
  4. ^ Herring under a fur coat recipe without apple
  5. ^ in the U.S.S.R., by Anya von Bremzen in Food&Wine, Published: December 2003
  6. ^ Ion, Larisa (2018-02-07). "Dressed Herring Recipe". RedNumberONE. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  7. ^ "New Year Celebration History (in Russian)". Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  8. ^ "What to eat in Kazakhstan? Kazakhstan food and national meals - Food you should try". foodyoushouldtry.com. Retrieved 2019-03-28.